Young girl passes away after drowning at Topeka hotel

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – A 6-year-old girl has passed away after an incident at a Topeka hotel Saturday.

Police said Keniya Jones passed away Sunday evening after she was rushed to a local hospital after being pulled from an indoor pool and was unresponsive at the Ramada Inn off 6th & Fairlawn Road.

According to police, patrons of the pool began life-saving measures.

Emergency responders also performed CPR on the child after arriving on scene.

The General Manager at the hotel, Victoria Meyers told KSNT News the young girl was dropped off by her family at the pool for a birthday party. The birthday party was not hosted by the hotel.

The hotel does not have a lifeguard on duty and has signs surrounding the pool notifying guests.

In May 2013, 12-year-old Dalton Register, of Fort Riley, died after he was pulled from the same pool.

Meyers also told us Jones was not being supervised when she drowned.

Meyers plans to host a community water safety event Saturday, May 13th at the Ramada Topeka West hotel.

“Before you guys have a fun summer, let’s make sure it’s stays fun and make sure everybody gets the chance to go back to school,” Meyers said. “This little girl isn’t going back.”

Meyers also set up a trust fund for Jones’ family.

Anyone interested in donating to the Swimming Angel Fund can visit the Sunflower Bank at 2641 SW Wanamaker Rd # 101.

The account will be open through the end of May.

Preliminary investigation suggests the incident to be accidental. Police are asking for anyone who was at the scene to call 785-368-9551.

Police said the family is asking for privacy during this tragic incident.

Topeka Public School Superintendent Tiffany Anderson released the following statement to students and parents:

Dear Topeka Public School Community,
It is with tremendous sadness that I share with you that a student at Williams Science and Fine Arts Magnet School was involved in a tragic swimming accident Saturday. The principal and I spent time with our beloved student and her family yesterday morning at the hospital and staff from Williams visited last night.  It is with a heavy heart that I share that our student passed away last night. A letter to the families at Williams Science and Fine Arts Magnet School will be sent to the Williams families with more information about ways we are supporting our students today.  Our mental health team is at Williams Science and Fine Arts Magnet School today and they will remain available throughout this week.  As we learn more information about memorial services that the family would like shared, we will share that with our school district community. Thank you in advance for respecting the privacy of the family and keeping them and the school community in your thoughts during this difficult time.

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